Capital & Coast - Wellington

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The coolest little Capital in the World.

Landing in Wellington on a sunny day is stunning. Within a moment’s drive from the airport you are looking over at a beautiful sea surrounded by hills, with houses positioned to enjoy the view every day.No alt text provided for this image

There are suburbs located in the bays that overlook the harbour: Khandallah, Miramar, Johnsonville and Newlands. A good selection of reputable private and public schools are found within these suburbs and throughout the city. The University is the Victoria University of Wellington.

The hospital itself is situated in Newtown, which has a slightly grungy feel and a multi-cultural demographic. There are lots of restaurants and cafes: Indian, Vietnamese and Turkish. If you were based at the main hospital (and are quick!) you could run down to the waterfront in a lunch hour - through the Basin Reserve cricket ground, straight to Oriental Parade and back with time for a shower. If you are walking, the city is an easy 30-minute stroll away; if the weather is a bit wild, order an Uber or use the bus.

There is plenty of greenery and walks around the city – it doesn’t take much effort to get out and feel like you are in the countryside. One of the beauties of Wellington is that the city is so compact.No alt text provided for this image

The Psychiatry team at Capital and Coast DHB and the Hutt Valley DHB work very closely together. The Wairarapa is the third DHB which makes up the ‘3DHB’. The Mental Health Teams work together to ensure a wide range of services offered across the region. The University of Otago is located next door to the main hospital and means plenty of opportunities for teaching and research.

The Lonely Planet said that Wellington may just be ‘the coolest little capital in the world’. Maybe because of the festivals, café culture, creative flair, scenic beauty. Hard to say… 

Disclaimer :-)

The regional information above is based on my own opinions from visits and from talking with locals at the time of visiting. I have had a knack of visiting on days when the weather has played its part - at each location the sun has been shining. In fairness, some regions I have visited more than others: my parents live in Whangarei so I understand what tropical rain means; I am aware that a rainy day in Wellington with a ‘Southerly’ wind would not afford quite the same charm as the sunny clear day I experienced, but an experience nonetheless.

Take from this what you will, do your own research and remember that we are happy to put you in touch with other Doctors who are already based at our featured DHBs who are happy to chat with you about their experiences. We are open and want you to want to come and work here for what it is. I was born in England and I have a love for England. I choose to live in New Zealand because of the lifestyle my family and I enjoy: the beaches, the people, the school system, the outdoors, the space. It isn’t just me – there is a huge ex-pat community throughout New Zealand. It’s not for everyone, but it might just be for you.

Kate McKendry